Updated: 8/23/2013 6:00 P.M.
With the opening of corridor d in the past decade, more and more vehicles than ever pass over the route 68 overpass at u.s. route 50.
Now, with the official naming of the structure for Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Null, motorists will see a sign designating the bridge in his honor, as they drive across the span.
Local and state lawmakers considered several landmarks, before the West Virginia Legislature earlier this year decided on naming thebridge in Null's honor.
"And it took a joint effort with the highway department to identify a proper location," says Delegate Dan Poling (D-Wood County) and we wanted to make sure we had a location which was in the community where Nick grew up, and where his family and friends was and everybody knew him. And this is the area where Nick lived and went to school."
Null joined the Navy shortly after his graduation in 1989 from Parkersburg South High School, winning numerous honors including the bronze star.
And now, two years after his death in a helicopter attack in Afghanistan, his name, his legacy and his sacrifice will be remembered for decades to come.
Updated: 8/22/2013 3:20 P.M.
A fallen soldier from our area will get another honor Friday.
Chief Petty Officer Nick Null died two years ago during a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
According to Delegate Dan Poling's office, during the 2013 regular legislative session, the House of Delegates adopted House Concurrent Resolution 62, calling for what is currently known as DuPont Road Bridge to be named the Navy Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Heath Null Memorial Bridge.
Friday morning, the overpass at route 50 at West Virginia route 68 will be named in his honor. The ceremony begins at 11 A.M.
The West Virginia Division of Highways says the westbound entrance ramp to route 68 will be closed from 10 A.M. to noon while the ceremony is going on.
The remaining ramps at the interchange will remain open, but the d-o-h says to expect minor traffic delays.
The memorial to honor a Navy Seal killed in combat is getting closer.
Nick Null's family couldn't be prouder.
Nick's stepdad Alan Litman says the community is very supportive of the memorial.
As a big veteran town, his mom Tracy wanted the memorial not just to honor her fallen son, but all the soldiers in the valley.
Alan says that epitomizes who Nick was; he didn't want things to be about him.
“It's been a dream of my wife Tracy’s ever since Nick got killed that she wanted to do something to honor Nick,” Litman says. “For us to actually be digging the dirt out and putting a stone back in, getting ready for the concrete -- it was pretty emotional at the house this morning.”
The memorial will be dedicated August 3, the same day of the Nick Null 5K Race.
A guest speaker is coming in from Virginia, and a well-known artist from the Fallen Soldier Project who drew a portrait of Nick will present it to Tracy at the ceremony.
South of the River Band is also performing.